So when I first started reading this book I quickly became annoyed with Alex's unwanted tag-along Ellie. My first thought was Alex is basically alone with flesh eating zombies and she has to deal with an obnoxious 8-year-old who manages to make most situations worse. However, as the book progressed my annoyance with Ellie lessened and I found myself absolutely enjoying the book. The world seems to have gone crazy after the pulse, resulting in the zombies of course and plenty of frightened people who have no care or compassion for anyone else. This definitely makes for an exciting adventure and its interesting to see how Alex survives in this totally new world. I think that Alex seems to be a strong character for the most part especially after what she has dealt with in her life. The romance parts of the book were a little confusing because Alex seems to be caught in a triangle. There are also some open ends that left me wanting to know more. I'm pretty sure the author will answer those questions in the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this book especially to those who love dystopian and zombie novels.